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Old 04-17-2008, 01:15 PM   #1
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Pain after foot surgery

I had surgery on my foot to remove a bone that had broken off on April 1st. Does if seem normal to still have alot of pain 17 days after? My foot specialist said that normally this surgery isn't too pain full. Very hard to believe when he cut a 2 inch incision just under the ankle. My foot is black and blue from my toes to my heel and throbs terrible at times, and the shooting pain that comes and goes is awful, even at night. The pain meds dull the pain. Anyone know how long it takes for this type of pain to go away?

 
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Re: Pain after foot surgery

Well, keep in mind that the surgeon's perspective of "not too painful" is far different than the patient's sometimes. They are comparing relatively minor procedures to complex foot reconstruction surgery. So I wouldn't take that to mean that you shouldn't be hurting at all. Besides that, everyone's pain threshold is different. I have always thought I had a very high pain threshold - went through shoulder surgery with nothing but Tylenol, had an endoscopy down the throat with NO anesthesia. But this foot was a FAR different story. Feet as a rule are very painful. They are the farthest from our heart and we put weight on them constantly. Do you have pain meds? If so, take them and don't feel bad about it. Try icing and elevation also. I would think pain at 17 days is way normal.

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Old 04-17-2008, 06:04 PM   #3
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Re: Pain after foot surgery

pain can last a long time. i had surgery for a dislocated 2nd toe and its over 7 weeks later and i have more pain than i expected. i dont know what to do.

 
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Re: Pain after foot surgery

Thanks for the input. I am on oxycodone with vistral as a booster. I am trying not too take them, usually when I can't stand the pain. I am thankful to have found this website, its has real people with simular things going on. I would rather have a 3rd shoulder surgery than have my feet worked. The feet are very painful where the shoulder was mild. I am hoping to go back to work by May 1st, seeing I haven't a clue what to expect with the heeling process of the foot I am shooting for that date. I try every day to walk on the foot til it hurts then stop, ice, elevate it. I pay for it usually later when I get up from the chair. Well thank you again, any other info you may have please share.

 
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7 weeks wow how do you handle it?
They say the feet are the worst and I believe it now. Its sad to say but I am afraid to call the doc for more meds I have a few left and don't see him til next week. I am trying to walk around the house with out the crutches or the dreaded walker. Is pushing good?

 
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Re: Pain after foot surgery

Um, pushing a little is good, pushing a lot is bad.

It's a rather fine distinction, really, and the best thing a physical therapist can do is help you figure out how much pushing is necessary.

 
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At this point I don't know if I am pushing too much. I do know that I have become numb from the little toe to the incision. Don't know if this is normal ( what is normal for me isn't the same for eveyone I get that). I do know that nerves are probably involved. I have a call into my doc. I new more about my shoulder surgery and what to expect but I know nothing of what to expect from this foot surgery. It is very hard to get info from this doc, but I keep asking. But I have all of you to give input. Thanks it is appreciated!!!!!!

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Re: Pain after foot surgery

i cant take my pain anymore. my dr will not give me any pain pills.

 
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Re: Pain after foot surgery

So if the doc won't give you anything for the pain, does he/she have a plan to elevate the pain? Any good explanation of why there is pain in the first place? It doesn't sound like any fun at all. Hang in there.
I got the call back from my doc today and he said that the numbness isn't normal but can happen. Oh great, I go see him Friday. Don't have much faith in this being something thats going away anytime soon. HUM, life without pain, wonder what it's like. We all would like to know.

 
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Re: Pain after foot surgery

Went to the the doc today. Outcome is he thinks he may have cut a nerve in my foot and it can take up to a year to reactivate. Nice. Said not to push so much and to give myself a break to heal. He put me on a 7 day dose of predisone. I am not healing as quickly as he expected. He said it was because I had been a smoker but I quit smoking recently (Mar 7th). By the way Chantix does work to help you quit smoking.!!!!!! I also asked for a lesser pain pill. I have been on oxycodone for too long.(2 shoulder and 1 foot surgery in the last 10 months. Darvon should be fine. I have to take a soft tooth brush and run it across the numb area on the foot to help get the nerve to fire. Did try to get a shoe on today but no luck. Back to the boot and one crutch. It will be nice to wear my own shoes again. Something to look forward to. Have a good day everyone!

 
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Re: Pain after foot surgery

how does he know he cut a nerve? is there anything else the dr can do?

 
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Re: Pain after foot surgery

Because of the numbness I am having. It is weird feeling. About half the incision is numb and the other have is fine. When he cut he hit the nerve that runs mid foot to the little toe. The only thing he said is that it willl take a year to get the feeling back. I go over the area daily with a soft brush to stimulate it.
How are you doing?

 
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Re: Pain after foot surgery

not so great. how horrible the dr cut a nerve. i would be so upset so i give you so much credit for being so positive. can you wear shoes and can you continue or start any acivities?

 
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Re: Pain after foot surgery

There isn't alot I can do about the damage he did. I rub it ever chance I can to rejunivate it. Just one more thing to add to lifes routine. I am wearing the lovely boot when I go out of the house otherwise( fear of it getting bumped) I don't wear anything on my feet in the house. I can't seam to put full weight on it yet, but hopefully soon. I look forward to putting on both shoes. Ya the small things in life can make us smile!!!!
What are they going to do to help you with pain? I was so suprised that they did surgery on dislocated toes. Ouch!!!! If your anything like most of us we want it gone and done with. But it never works out that way. We wait and suffer. Sometimes I wonder if these doc's have ever had to go thru any of what we've had to. I bet the ones that have are far more compansionate and have better answers or drugs. Stay on that doc until you get results.

 
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Re: Pain after foot surgery

Went to see doc today, went in feeling great some pain, still numbness, and cold foot. Well I ended up in same day surgery to have a sympathetic block. Now I did know what it was for but found out quickly they are trying to rule out RSD. Has anyone had one of these? My god the pain. Having a needle stuck in your spine is not very good. Then they keep your for an hour then walk you around the room then send you out to drive home. I was just numbed from the waist down. Oh well I made it. They told me I would be sore for a couple of days, And I thought sore ok. Boy sore doesn't describe the terrible pain in my spine. It feels like a f'ing truck hit me.
Anyone have any ideas to relieve the pain. I've tried ice and heat, pain meds and nothing helps, It hurts to move.

 
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